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Julie Fortino Shurtliff, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Self esteem Career difficulties Coaching
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About me

As a counselor, I believe that change happens when people are given the support they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. I understand that our past has influenced our present but it need not dictate our future. Our life experiences, positive or negative, are building blocks for who we are today and can be effective tools in creating who we aspire to be tomorrow. My main focus as a counselor is to create a safe space for you to explore your feelings and create coping skills to face life's challenges. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Evergreen State College with a major in Latin American History and Spanish Language. I earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University.

My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. Our dialog and treatment plan will be created to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

3yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

MI LPC 6401013604


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Julie Fortino Shurtliff. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I worked with Julie for a number of months over the summer. Having seen several therapists in my life Julie is by far the easiest to talk to. Each session was very relaxed and comfortable, making it easier for me to open up and discuss my issues. She listened and was very insightful during our sessions. Provided me with ways to deal with and accept the things I was struggling with. Although, I am no longer in therapy, the time spent with Julie has enabled me to continue to be in a better state of mind and accept the decisions I made in the past. Thank you!!

Written on Oct 14, 2022 after therapy with Julie for 5 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Julie is knowledgeable and sensitive. I have greatly benefitted from seeing her and recommend her to anyone struggling with decisions and mental health.

Written on Aug 03, 2022 after therapy with Julie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Julie is so kind and understanding. She listens very intently. She always has really great responses. I really enjoy talking to her. She has made me feel validated for things I’ve spoken to her about. I think she’s fantastic overall.

Written on Jun 29, 2022 after therapy with Julie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Julie is so understanding and helps me see things I couldn’t see in my own. She’s helped me learn more about myself and guided me on a better path to happiness and self fulfillment. I can’t thank Julie enough!

Written on Jun 26, 2022 after therapy with Julie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues